Indy 500: Sato tops 229mph to guide Ganassi 1-2 in apply - Motor Informed

Indy 500: Sato tops 229mph to guide Ganassi 1-2 in apply

Sato lapped the two.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in 39.2261s, a velocity of 229.439mph – quicker than the quickest lap in common boost-level apply final yr.

The 2-time Indy 500 winner led a Ganassi 1-2, forward of team-mate Scott Dixon, AJ Foyt Racing’s Santino Ferrucci, Alex Palou (CGR), Scott McLaughlin (Penske) and Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta.

Following Tuesday’s washout, at the moment’s operating was held in excellent climate situations. That inspired groups to make use of a qualifying setup sooner than typical within the week of apply, as they’d additional tyres from the rained-out day.

Quickly after the inexperienced flag waved, Dixon obtained a double tow off Ganassi-Honda team-mates Marcus Ericsson (the defending race winner) and Palou to reel off a sequence of 228.914mph and 229.174mph inside the primary 10 minutes of the six-hour session.

“Extra [speed] than I anticipated to be trustworthy, to do a 228 then 229,” mentioned Dixon. “It’s good to see it pulls up robust [in the tow].”

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Picture by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

Palou set a lap of 226.411mph for P2 on his opening run: “The automotive is fairly quick to date, it’s a great begin,” mentioned the 2021 collection champion. He would later beat that with 228.720mph.

With 90 minutes to go, Sato leapt to the highest with 229.439mph, to guide Dixon and Palou, however admitted “I obtained a great tow” to take action.

Within the closing hour, his CGR team-mate Ericsson moved as much as fourth at 227.701mph, however Herta then obtained among the many Ganassi vehicles by taking P4 at 228.057mph with 35 minutes remaining.

Ferrucci left it late in ‘Joyful Hour’ on the finish of the day to leap as much as third with a mighty 228.977mph effort, whereas McLaughlin grabbed fifth close to the tip of the session with 228.473mph.

Ryan Hunter-Reay additionally impressed with Dreyer and Reinbold’s one-off entry, eighth quickest at 227.619mph, forward of Penske’s Josef Newgarden – who topped the velocity lure earlier than Flip 1 at 237.6mph.

Marco Andretti – who claimed his Andretti Autosport automotive “tried to kill me” earlier within the day – was tenth quickest, forward of Jack Harvey (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing).

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus Veekay (31st quickest general) led the no-tow laps at 223.212mph, forward of his group boss.

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Picture by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

It was a primarily incident-free day, though Graham Rahal brushed the Flip three wall with the right-rear nook of his Honda-powered RLL automotive inside the primary hour.

“It was a head-up-rear second to be trustworthy,” he admitted. “I used to be wanting up on the flags [to judge the wind direction] after which down for what means I wished to go together with the instruments and simply didn’t go away sufficient margin. It was only a rookie transfer.”

Indy 500 newcomers Abel Motorsport accomplished a refresher program with driver RC Enerson within the morning, the group having missed the open check in April.

Apply resumes on Thursday in Indy at midday, native time, for an additional six hours of operating.

P No Title FTime Diff FSpeed Group Engine
1 11 Takuma Sato 39.2261 39.2261 229.439 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
2 9 Scott Dixon 39.2714 zero.0453 229.174 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
three 14 Santino Ferrucci 39.3053 zero.0792 228.977 AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevy
four 10 Alex Palou 39.3494 zero.1233 228.720 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
5 three Scott McLaughlin 39.3919 zero.1658 228.473 Team Penske Chevy
6 26 Colton Herta 39.4639 zero.2378 228.057 Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian Honda
7 eight Marcus Ericsson 39.5256 zero.2995 227.701 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
eight 23 Ryan Hunter-Reay 39.5397 zero.3136 227.619 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevy
9 2 Josef Newgarden 39.5668 zero.3407 227.463 Group Penske Chevy
10 98 Marco Andretti 39.6507 zero.4246 226.982 Andretti Honda
11 30 Jack Harvey 39.6659 zero.4398 226.895 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
12 12 Will Power 39.6710 zero.4449 226.866 Group Penske Chevy
13 15 Graham Rahal 39.6973 zero.4712 226.716 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
14 20 Conor Daly 39.7333 zero.5072 226.510 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy
15 24 Stefan Wilson 39.7728 zero.5467 226.285 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevy
16 18 David Malukas 39.7982 zero.5721 226.141 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
17 60 Simon Pagenaud 39.7988 zero.5727 226.137 Meyer Shank Racing Honda
18 21 Rinus VeeKay 39.8524 zero.6263 225.833 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy
19 7 Alexander Rossi 39.8929 zero.6668 225.604 Arrow McLaren Chevy
20 5 Pato O’Ward 39.9100 zero.6839 225.507 Arrow McLaren Chevy
21 55 Benjamin Pedersen 39.9149 zero.6888 225.480 AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevy
22 78 Agustin Canapino 39.9242 zero.6981 225.427 Juncos Holling Racing Chevy
23 66 Tony Kanaan 39.9528 zero.7267 225.266 Arrow McLaren Chevy
24 06 Helio Castroneves 39.9727 zero.7466 225.154 Meyer Shank Racing Honda
25 27 Kyle Kirkwood 40.0199 zero.7938 224.888 Andretti Autosport Honda
26 51 Sting Ray Robb 40.0340 zero.8079 224.809 Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR Honda
27 6 Felix Rosenqvist 40.0435 zero.8174 224.756 Arrow McLaren Chevy
28 33 Ed Carpenter 40.0464 zero.8203 224.739 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy
29 29 Devlin DeFrancesco 40.0778 zero.8517 224.563 Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Honda
30 28 Romain Grosjean 40.0802 zero.8541 224.550 Andretti Autosport Honda
31 44 Katherine Legge 40.0961 zero.8700 224.461 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
32 45 Christian Lundgaard 40.1249 zero.8988 224.300 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
33 50 RC Enerson 40.1755 zero.9494 224.017 Abel Motorsports Chevy
34 77 Callum Ilott 40.2849 1.0588 223.409 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevy

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